Monday, 24 July 2017

World Calligraphy Day

Students across the West Midlands are being encouraged to write themselves into Birmingham’s history books on the launch of World Calligraphy Day. The event, which occurs on Wednesday 16 August, will celebrate the best of calligraphy as well as triumphing the history and artistry of pen manufacture all over the world. As the craft takes the world by storm, you are encouraged to put themselves firmly on the Midlands map, as the second city’s Pen Museum becomes the epicentre for all activity happening on World Calligraphy Day.

Pick up a pen during the summer holidays and get involved with the inaugural event.

Charles Stockbridge, Managing Director of Manuscript Pen Company, who are organising the event said: “World Calligraphy Day is a collaborative and exciting event that we’re really looking forward to launching.

“We hope that our talented cohort of students across the Midlands will want to join us to celebrate calligraphy and writing on Wednesday 16th August.”

On the day, all visitors to the Birmingham Pen Museum, will have the opportunity to take part in a selection of free workshops on the art of calligraphy, as well as the opportunity to have your treasured pen valued by an experienced auctioneer. The free event, which takes place between 11am and 4pm on Wednesday 16th August is open to all ages, with event to encourage young and old to put pen to paper and start their calligraphy journey.

To find out more about World Calligraphy Day, visit or follow Manuscript Pen Company on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Emily Cooksey - Institute of Directors Success

Illustration Student Emily Cooksey has created bespoke, hand-rendered illustrations for each of the winners at the Institute of Directors (IoD) West Midlands Awards held at the Warwickshire County Cricket Ground.

The IoD West Midlands region covers the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, as well as the urban areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and the Black Country and is made up of over 1,800 directors and senior decision makers.

The University of Wolverhampton sponsored the Large Company Director of the Year Award 2017 which was won by Ian Graves of National Grid. 

Emily, designed each award based around the achievements and successes of the winners’ individual business.

Sue Hurrell, Regional Events Manager at the Institute of Directors West Midlands, said: “We were delighted to commission Emily to design the trophies for the Director of the Year Awards. Each category winner was presented with a stunning, bespoke print which they would be proud to display and treasure.”

Emily said: “I was personally asked by my tutors to design each of the awards for the ceremony. It was an enjoyable task for me as even though it was my first commission, I found it an interesting and stimulating challenge.

“Researching into each of the companies was a big influence for my ideas as I wanted to encompass all of the attributes each winner had shown and personalise the designs with a balance between their company and personal interests. My work is mainly hand-drawn using traditional materials, and so for the trophies I decided to create nine vibrant and eye-catching pieces.”

Congratulations Emily

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Wolverhampton School of Art Visual Communication students at New Designers 2017

Wolverhampton School of Art Visual Communication students have been at New Designers this week. 

The show has been busy and lots of interest has been paid to student work with many contacts made and promotional cards snapped up. Congratulations to all graduating Visual Communication students exhibiting.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Three Graphic Design Positions

The University Careers Department has three graduate graphic design jobs on offer:

Location: Birmingham
Position: Graphic Design
Display Salary: Based on experience
Expiry Date: 10 Aug 2017
Vacancy Type: Graduate - full-time

• Work simultaneously on 5+ projects based on current client workload
• Put together different elements of a design created by another professional such as the icons, photographs and other components necessary for a menu.
• Create images that identify a product or convey as message
• Create designs either by hand or using computer software packages
• Select colours, images, text style, and layout
• Present the design to clients or the Art Director
• Incorporate changes recommended by the clients into the final design
• Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Job Overview: Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

To apply, please send your CV to Parveen at

Closing Date:10th August 17